Unblock Kodi with a VPN
Kodi is a natural choice for web users who want more control of their digital entertainment experience. Even so, there are conditions that can prevent even the most experienced streamer from getting the content he or she wants. The chief obstacle? Geoblocking.
Because of copyright and distribution laws, streaming services provide content to specific geographic areas. That’s why the Netflix library in the U.S. is different from the one in Canada. If a computer wants to access content from that library, they need to have a local IP address.
There is an easy workaround, however–using a VPN, or Virtual Private Network. A VPN passes traffic through an encrypted tunnel and loans the user an IP address tied to whatever server location the user is accessing. So as an example, if you want to access American Netflix from outside the U.S., all you need is a VPN with an American server location.
Netflix is not the only provider with at least some geo-restricted content. Others include:
- Most major networks
VPNs have been shown to work well with Kodi. In addition to the unblocking geo-restricted content, a VPN anonymizes your Internet traffic. That means that your Internet Service Providers (ISP) will have a much harder time following your traffic.
While that may simply seem like a privacy issue, there is a practical side as well: it prevents throttling. Throttling happens when your ISP wants to spontaneously limit your download speed to prevent you from bringing on too much traffic. ISPs do it a lot when you are engaging in activities that use a lot of bandwidths, like torrenting or streaming.
VPN Stops ISP Snooping
However, because a VPN prevents your ISP from following your traffic, your ISP won’t know when you’re streaming and when you’re not. This means less buffering and more watching.
Setting up a VPN is easy. There are a lot of VPN providers out there who offer applications that run on desktops, mobile devices, and even routers. There are also manual configurations too.
Not All VPNs are Created Equal
Be warned though: not all VPNs are created equal. There are plenty of free ones, but you will likely get what you pay for. Meanwhile, subscription-based VPNs are more likely to offer connection support and higher (or zero!) bandwidth allowances.
You also want to make sure the VPN comes from a company you trust, as they have the potential to monitor your traffic just as your ISP does. However, if the VPN in question has a no logging policy (i.e. they don’t record your Internet traffic), you should be fine.